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Skeleton Medalist Matt Antoine, Sheila Khayami Tie The Knot At Backyard Ceremony In Arizona

By Chrös McDougall | Oct. 12, 2020, 11:53 a.m. (ET)

Matt Antoine poses for a portrait during the Team USA PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics portraits on April 28, 2017 in West Hollywood, Calif.


10-10-20 has a nice ring to it, and now retired skeleton star Matt Antoine has a special ring to commemorate the date.

Antoine, the 2014 Olympic bronze medalist in men’s skeleton, married Sheila Khayami on Saturday in Phoenix in what he described as “a small backyard ceremony amongst immediate family.”

“While the celebration was different than we originally imagined, it was the perfect start and setting to the beginning of our lives together,” Antoine posted to his Instagram account. “We hope to be able to celebrate with all our family and friends in the near future. We missed you all. Sheila and I are so excited to start this chapter of life together!”

In a 10-photo slideshow of the nuptials, the happy couple can be seen sharing a first kiss surrounded by elegant white lanterns and bright bouquets of flowers in a classic Phoenix backyard scene.



Antoine, who retired from racing in October 2018, traded his speed suit for a casual look of navy blazer over dark jeans, while Sheila was glowing in a short-sleeve lace dress.

Originally from Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, Antoine moved in 2015 to Phoenix, where Khayami worked an audit consultant.

The couple were engaged in May in Flagstaff, Arizona, with Antoine captioning the moment: “I’ve had a lot of amazing experiences in my life, but this is by far the greatest.”

During his career, Antoine was Team USA’s top-ranked men’s skeleton racer, finishing third at the 2014 Olympics and then 11th in 2018. His 2014 medal was the first for a U.S. men’s skeleton athlete in 12 years. Antoine was also a seven-time participant in the world championships, winning team gold in 2012, and won nine world cup medals.

Chrös McDougall

Chrös McDougall has covered the Olympic and Paralympic movement for TeamUSA.org since 2009 on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc. He is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

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